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Are you a Harry Potter fan? Now that the original book series is over, and the movies are done, Harry’s not so much in the forefront of people’s minds. I have to wonder how many new readers discover Harry Potter on a regular basis?

Certainly there are people that ride the popularity wagon. Those who read the books, and/or watched the movies, just because it was trendy. Not saying that’s a bad thing– if they’ve read the books, or even just watched the movies, it’s still an enriching experience. Even if it was inspired by a popularity wave. But those of us that loved the story BEFORE it was popular… BEFORE the media blitz… how many of us are still fans?

I was a mid-late bloomer. Came in after the first three were written. So I got to read Philospher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, and Prisoner of Azkaban back to back without waiting. Additionally, Goblet of Fire came out right after, so I didn’t have to wait long for it.

The last 3 I had to wait on. When each one came out, I would re-read the entire series so it would be fresh in my mind. And when the movies came out, it was the same. I wanted to know exactly how the movies and books differed from each other.

So by that logic, I’ve read, re-read, watched, and re-watched the series with diminishing repeats as it progressed. The last book, Deathly Hallows, I’ve only read twice. But it was a special circumstance. The final book in the entire series. All the answers. Everything finished.

The first time I read it, Monique and I had pre-ordered two copies. When it arrived, we took a mini-vacation and stayed in a nearby friend’s home while they were gone for the weekend. Got a bunch of sodas and junk food, and sat down to read it in one unbroken run. Talk about great. I finished in about 7 hours. No breaks, no phone calls, no interruptions. Now THAT is how to enjoy a book!!

That’s also why we pre-ordered two copies. Because neither of us were willing to wait on the other to finish. :^)

I’ve got a few Harry Potter souvenirs and collectibles. Not many. For me, the books were the big deal. To a lesser degree, the movies. The main Harry Potter memorabilia I have now is a window hanging that was custom made by a friend.

Recently Mom came home from one of her yard sale junkets with a gorgeous Harry Potter 3d lenticular poster. It was a great size at 11″ x 17″. Not too big, not too small. Good condition, and very very clear 3-d design. I was half in love with it the moment I saw it. But Monique and I both try to put business before pleasure. So I figured if she listed it and it didn’t sell, I’d stake a claim.

It’s been posted once with no winner. That’s not unusual. Very common to list something several times before it sells. So Harry got re-listed at a lower price. Sometimes re-listed auctions sell at the lower price, sometimes they generate bids and wind up higher than the original asking price. You never know. In this case, I’m one step closer to keeping it. After a fair chance, if the Harry Potter poster doesn’t sell… it’s mine!